Chimneys and fireplaces are marvelous inventions – but they need maintenance if they’re going to 1) provide the valuable service of helping heat your living space, and 2) stay safe.
From the moment your chimney is installed and the fireplace is first used in your Fairfax home, a buildup of soot, tar, and creosote begins to accumulate on the inner walls of the chimney. Over time this caked-on tarry substance – along with other debris, like twigs and bird nests – may prevent the chimney from allowing proper ventilation of the smoke created by using your fireplace.
That’s not a good situation to be in. Some smoke could backdraft into your family’s living space. Air quality suffers, asthma may be triggered, and the risk of a chimney fire increases, thereby increasing the risk of a house fire. So yes, chimney maintenance is a wonderful and necessary thing!
It takes the keen eye of JCS Home Services’ professional technicians to examine a chimney and fireplace, analyze the maintenance needs, and prescribe the right service or repair work that will keep the home’s fireplace clean and efficient – while keeping the fire right where it’s supposed to be.
When JCS performs a Level 1 chimney inspection, we use a flashlight, our eyes, and our years of chimney service experience to look closely and critically at the outer hearth, inner hearth, throat, firebox, smoke chamber, and of course the flue – not to mention an inspection of masonry work to check for brick repair needs, plus a good look at the stability and function of the chimney’s exterior.
Our chimney sweeps get high-tech to go in-depth inside your chimney column, using portable video cameras to look up-close at the condition of your chimneys, wood stove or pellet stoves, and fireplaces. The unblinking eye of the camera will capture every detail, allowing JCS’ expert chimney inspectors to thoroughly inspect every square inch of the chimney, finding cracks and gaps not detectable in a Level 1 inspection and determining the best course of action for effective chimney repair.
A written report is produced from our Level 2 video-enabled chimney inspection and provided to the homeowner so they can make an informed decision on proceeding with the necessary masonry repairs.
Over time, with the occasionally harsh wind and weather we get here in Northern Virginia, chimneys deteriorate. The flue may be blocked. There may be fissures in the liner (even if it’s a new liner). These flaws raise the risk of fire. Undetected, they could cause chimney fires which can spread easily to the roof and the rest of the house. These flaws also raise the daunting specter of carbon monoxide and other poisonous gases in your home.
If you want to rest assured that your chimney won’t be the cause of a damaging or even catastrophic house fire, call the expert chimney sweeps of JCS Home Services at 571-299-9389 to get your chimney inspection done – especially if you can’t recall the last time you had your chimney inspected.
Fire prevention experts recommend a chimney inspection be conducted by professionals annually – that is, at least once a year. Only people like the folks at JCS, trained in thorough chimney inspection and chimney cleaning, should get inside the chimney interior for inspection and repair purposes.
In the Fairfax VA area, chimney inspections are not expensive – but the cost to life and property is, should chimney inspections not be conducted and thus house fires occur. You don’t want your first roaring fire of the winter to cause smoke to back up into the living room, or to have even worse consequences.
You put your Fairfax County house at risk of chimney fires if it’s not inspected by pro chimney sweeps on a regular basis. Whether you have a standard or a prefabricated fireplace, you need to hire professional chimney sweepers to conduct a thorough inspection. You have to have the entire system inspected and swept, including flue, wood-smoke chamber, throat, and firebox to ensure that the chimney is clean from top to bottom – from the wood stove to the cap at the top – so that it can serve its intended functions with maximum efficiency.
But when? Soon! Everyone calls the chimney sweeps in the fall because winter is coming – but that just backs the chimney sweeps up! Savvy homeowners in Fairfax County and Northern Virginia know they can call the experienced chimney techs of JCS at 571-299-9389 to get certified professional rooftop chimney inspection and outstanding overall chimney service any month of the year.
As a full-service contractor in Northern VA, JCS provides a lot more services than just chimney inspection, chimney cleaning, chimney repair and general chimney service. We clean and inspect your hearths, dampers, wood-burning stove, and fireplace inserts so that the soot, creosote, and debris do not accumulate. We remove twigs, leaves, birds’ nests and other similar junk from downspouts and gutters. We get rid of bird droppings, moss, algae, dirt, and other contaminants that accumulate in your chimney by using pressure washing. We offer significant value in addition to being experienced, expert, certified chimney sweeps – in fact, JCS Home Services provides just about every service you need to keep your home in its best condition.
It’s one way JCS stands above the other companies around Fairfax VA in competition for your home-improvement dollar.
What other services? Call JCS at 571-299-9389 for peace-of-mind when the time comes for inspection and repairs of dryer vent cleaning, air duct cleaning, gutter cleaning, and exterior pressure-washing – an impressive suite of high-caliber home services that combine to serve your most essential needs as a Northern VA homeowner.
We care about the safety, efficiency, cleanliness, comfort and value of your home because we make our homes right here in the Northern VA service area too.
Our company has been in existence since 2011 but our chimney-service experience extends far beyond that. The cumulative hands-on experience as rooftop chimney sweeps among our full staff numbers decades in total.
As chimney technicians, we know what we’re doing.
You can rest assured when you contact the professional rooftop chimney sweeps of JCS Home Services, you’ll be getting the best chimney techs in Northern VA – whether your chimney vents the smoke of a wood-burning stove or the fumes of a gas fireplace. (Gas fireplaces are a specialty service and JCS can provide limited technical assistance with such an installation.)
Having years of experience as rooftop chimney sweeps, inspecting chimneys from Purcellville to Fairfax VA, gives us a rare perspective and an uncommon expertise in diagnosing potentially deleterious conditions and keeping small masonry issues from becoming big fireplace problems.
If it’s been more than a year since the last inspection – or, if your home is a new construction, since the chimney masonry was installed – it’s time to contact the JCS office at at 571-299-9389 for a free estimate on the highest-quality chimney inspections and/or repair work.
JCS Home Services is a Northern VA-based small business. Every member of our company lives and works in our service area, drives the same highways, raises kids in the same schools, so we care a lot about maintaining the highest quality of life in the residential neighborhoods of Sterling, Great Falls, Chantilly, Berryville, and Fairfax, Virginia, all our service areas – because we live here too.
If your home is in Manassas, Leesburg, Tysons Corner or even Washington DC, Bethesda or Silver Spring MD, the expert chimney sweeps of JCS Home Services are ready and equipped to provide an excellent, thorough chimney inspection and dependable service at a very fair price.
Time for a rooftop chimney inspection? Been a while since the wood stove was inspected and cleaned? Then it’s time to go with the best rooftop chimney sweeps and inspection specialists in the NoVA region: JCS Home Services.
Got a chimney attached to your Fairfax VA home? Just call our NoVA office at 571-299-9389, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out the easy contact form on the right-hand side of this webpage to get a free estimate on our trusted, reliable chimney service – and to set up a convenient appointment with the chimney technicians at JCS.